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There are now more than six dozen alternative energy cars for sale in America, but we thought we’d summarize five that provide an exceptional balance of value and efficiency. These do relatively well in monthly sales, so that means we’re not the only ones who’ve figured out these can make sense. To be fair, we’ll […]

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Volvo finally pulled the sheets off its new three-row XC90 SUV yesterday, and the initial details are pretty interesting. First, Volvo maintained a much more square-edged silhouette compared to the sweeping shapes adopted by its rivals. The front grille uses the company’s updated grille, which now incorporates the updated Volvo badge. The headlights also have […]

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Ford’s Fusion Energi has entered its 2015 model year with only trim and feature updates, and since launching February 2013 has offered a solid balance among the growing crop of plug-in hybrids. It shares its powertrain with the C-Max Energi, and shares its five-passenger, mid-sized exterior and interior design with a stable of Fusion variants. […]

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Honda’s Civic Hybrid has been further refreshed along with its fairly sophisticated 2014 Civic siblings and is one of the most fuel-efficient sedans sold in America. The mild updates follow an inside-and-out redesign for 2012 which boasted bigger engine, more powerful electric motor, and li-ion propulsion battery. Improvements in 2013 helped rectify de-contenting that disappointed […]

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As expected, the Tesla Model S based Saleen FOURSIXTEEN performance electric car was shown for the first time at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. “Tesla has created an entirely new class of American automobile”, said Steve Saleen. “There are many similarities to this and how Ford created the ‘pony car’ class in 1964 with […]

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If you’ve never heard of Renovo Motors Inc., the Silicon Valley company says its all-electric Coupe has been developed in “stealth mode” over the past four years. Promising a true driver’s car with mid-mounted 500-horsepower 1,000 pounds-feet motors supplied energy by proprietary modular li-ion batteries, the car with CSX9000 chassis supplied by Shelby American is […]

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In 1908, the Model T sparked an explosion for Ford’s sales with a boom heard around the world. After the U.S. was introduced to hybrids before 2000, noises were heard, but advocates still look forward to a “game changer.” One big reason for hybrid and plug-in vehicles has been to reduce emissions and petroleum consumption, […]

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Unlike misbegotten comparos between barely similar plug-in cars pitted together mainly because they run on grid power, a Porsche vs. Tesla shootout is almost valid. The rear-wheel-driven standard 85-kwh Tesla Model S and Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid both target similar demographics with comparable curb weight, dimensions, 0-60 time, and glamor. Given one’s an EV, however, […]

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Does the idea of a “performance hybrid” seem like a contradiction of terms? You know: hybrids were originally conceived to save fuel and emissions, but in early 2005 the up-line division of the dominant hybrid seller revealed its power-biased pre-production alternative, and in 2007 Toyota’s first Lexus GS 450h spawned a new category. In 2013 […]

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The HybridCars.com monthly sales dashboard is a collaboration of HybridCars.com and Baum & Associates, a Michigan-based market research firm focusing on automotive issues including the hybrid and electric vehicle market. July was a good sales month for the market as a whole, although there was a modest decline from recent months. Electric and hybrid electric […]

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